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Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This time last year I did not want to think about food, look at food, let alone cook that food. I was in my first trimester and all I wanted to do was sleep.

So about 3 days before Thanksgiving I went to visit my mom at her store. Amongst other things, she told me that I had to make my mashed potatoes for Turkey Day. I said, “Woman, look, I am gonna fall asleep standing above that stove… this year you will have to find someone else that likes to make mashed potatoes”.

An older lady in the dressing room overheard our conversation, and when she came out she told me to go home, place my potatoes in the slow cooker and forget about ’em.

Best. Advice. Ever. One, I did forget about ’em, and if it wasn’t for the beeping reminder on the slow cooker, I would have left them in there and burned down the place. Two, the Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes freed up my stove for other things that we needed to make that day.

Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I obviously took her advice and made my famous mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. They were divine. I remember only having a few bites before the baby in mah belly decided to let me know that we couldn’t eat just yet, but those few bites left a lasting impression.

Another thing I have done with these potatoes – on a few occasions, I made them the day before. After removing the mashed potatoes from the slow cooker, I placed them in a baking pan, covered it with foil, and put them in the fridge. About an hour before serving time I took them out of the fridge and let them sit on the counter for 20 minutes. I then placed some butter on top at a few spots, covered the pan with foil, put them in the oven at 350, and 30 minutes later my mashed potatoes were ready to be devoured.

So, you can go make them now or wait until tomorrow morning. Your choice.


Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes @diethood

Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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WW Freestyle: 12
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 333


  • 5 lbs . red potatoes , washed and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic , smashed
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the potatoes, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and water in the slow cooker.
  • Cover with lid and cook on high for 4 hours, or cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  • When finished cooking, remove the lid and add in the sour cream.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher to desired consistency.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Serve.


You can make these mashed potatoes a day or two in advance. After removing the mashed potatoes from the slow cooker, place them in a baking pan, cool, then cover with foil, and put the pan in the fridge. About an hour before serving time, take the pan out of the fridge and let sit on counter for 20 minutes. Put some butter on top of the mashed potatoes at a few spots, cover the pan with foil, put in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 573mg24%
Potassium 1355mg39%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 25.1mg30%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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19 Responses
  1. Char

    3 questions! You only *smashed* the garlic and didn’t mince them up? Since there’s only 3 cloves of garlic, how strong is the flavor? And lastly, I only have russet potatoes. Would that still work fine for this recipe in the crockpot? (Or do I need to adjust anything?) Sorry, guess that was 4 questions! lol I hope to make this for Thanksgiving!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Char!! Yep, just smash it. Gives it more flavor – not sure if you like the flavor of garlic, but if you do, it tastes amazing. 😀
      You can use russet potatoes, but unlike the red potatoes, russet should be peeled first because the skin is a lot tougher.
      You don’t have to adjust the time so long as you cut them up smaller – about 2-inch cubes. I hope this helps! Let me know if you need anything else. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Jennifer

    Looks delish! If I were to halve this recipe to make for just me and my husband, would I need to adjust the time in the slow cooker at all?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Jennifer! I would say to go ahead and check the potatoes at around 3 hours, if cooking on high, but check at 4 hours if cooking them on low. Hope that helps!

  3. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    my mother in law makes a great mashed potatoes in her slow-cooker. going to pass your recipe to her when we visit her for Christmas or maybe I ask Santa to bring me a slow-cooker 🙂
    Beautiful photos Kate

  4. Megan @ Pip and Ebby

    I have been on a crock-pot kick lately, so I am going to do these! Thanks for sharing! Cooking while pregnant=impossible. 🙂

  5. Kim Bee

    These are being made as soon as possible. It looks positively perfect and love that it’s for the slow cooker. You complete me Kate!

  6. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    At this exact time last year I had a near-fail with the mashed potatoes I was asked to bring to a post-Thanksgiving party. I had never had problems with mashed potatoes before and of course I had to be tested with 12 people expected at dinner. This year, I offered to make the salad. 🙂

    I have bookmarked this recipe for the next time I make mashed potatoes. This is truly brilliant!

  7. Lora @cakeduchess

    I know those days so well…seems like it was yesterday:)Now look at these luscious potatoes…want a big spoon just for me! Happy Thanksgiving, Kate xo

  8. Valerie

    Yet another reason to dig out my slow cooker. These potatoes are absolutely lovey! (So is your blog!!) I promise to get out from under my shell and visit more often. 🙂

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    So glad that you are able to cook this time of year! I didn’t even want to be in the kitchen when I was in my first trimester. Happy Early Thanksgiving!

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